12 Best Songs From The 70s Of All Time

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So, today’s list will be comprised of some of the best 70s songs which shaped that decade with beautiful music and compositions. There are many songs to think of, but, songs in the list are genre-defining songs and had a very huge impact on the audience and influenced many people to follow their dreams.

So, here comes the list of best songs from the 70s of all time.

12. James Brown, “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” (1970)

Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine

The 1970s were perhaps the sexiest decade in Western history. The Sixties’ utopian visions were expanded into previously unimagined new possibilities during the post-birth control and pre-AIDS window of opportunity. With a basic euphoric beat, James Brown got in on the libidinous free-for-all early with a landmark hit that touted his, um, endurance and vigour.

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11. Carole King, “It’s Too Late” (1971)

Carole King - It's Too Late (BBC In Concert, February 10, 1971)

Carole King began creating iconic singles like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” as a teenager at New York’s famed Brill Building, but her own recording career did not begin until she moved to Laurel Canyon in the late 1960s. Toni Stern’s lyrics (inspired by a recent breakup with James Taylor) give a mature view on a breakup that avoids blaming or anger. One of the Best Songs From The 70s Of All Time.

10. Sly and the Family Stone, “Family Affair” (1971)

Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair (Official Audio)

Sly Stone’s final and most successful chart-topping song was a dark, minimalist gem of subterranean R&B. Sister Cynthia Rose sang the title phrase through cupped hands, Bobby Womack played menacing wah-wah guitar, and Sly played everything else, including his “funk box,” the Maestro Rhythm King MRK-2 drum machine.

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9. The Staple Singers, “I’ll Take You There” (1972)

The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There [Full Length Version]

The one lyric, two chords, and nearly five minutes of gospel-soul splendor that comprised “I’ll Take You There” made communally joyful black gospel music accessible to white audiences. Meanwhile, its Muscle Shoals composition dipped into early Jamaican reggae, although a little too casually. One of the Best Songs From The 70s Of All Time.

8. Marvin Gaye, “Let’s Get It On” (1973)

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On

“What’s Going On” was a rousing hymn of political awareness that marked a turning point in Marvin Gaye’s R&B career. This sensual frolic was arousing in a different manner, but it was also making a statement: “all sensitive people” deserve hot sex. After all, the 1970s were going to be a sizzling decade, and no one studied the art of seduction with such a diverse sense of humour and hedonistic dedication as Gaye.

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7. Stevie Wonder, “Superstition” (1972)

Stevie Wonder Superstition

“Superstition,” like Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” was the sound of a Motown star reclaiming control of his career. And, in its own subtle way, Stevie’s song was just as political as Marvin’s, capturing the general atmosphere of mistrust in the United States at the time. One of the Best Songs From The 70s Of All Time.

6. Elton John, “Rocket Man” (1972)

Elton John - Rocket Man (Royal Festival Hall, London 1972)

Although Elton John dominated the early 1970s and the remainder of the decade, “Rocket Man” was his most grandiose massive super. Bernie Taupin envisaged an astronaut bored out by the dullness of his career, inspired by Tom Rapp’s similarly titled piece with acid-folk ensemble Pearls Before Swine.

5. Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together” (1972)

Al Green - Let's Stay Together

As soul music progressed in the 1970s, the civil rights era’s street dancing gave way to the sound of making love behind closed doors. Al Green was the only vocalist who could seamlessly and audaciously blend down-home roughness with boudoir suavity. One of the Best Songs From The 70s Of All Time.

4. Rolling Stones, “Brown Sugar” (1971)

Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - 1971 - Top of The Pops - BBC UK.

The Stones usually responded to the Sixties’ utopianism with a grin or a snarl, but they eventually entered a decade that was just as harsh and unpleasant as they were. “Brown Sugar,” ostensibly a party tune, ties rock & roll – and, by extension, the Rolling Stones’ money, fame, and sexual conquest – to slavery and its plunder of black people and black culture… Despite this, he refuses to apologize.

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3. George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord” (1970)

George Harrison - My Sweet Lord

After the Beatles’ wonderfully spiritual “Let It Be” perfumed the first part of 1970, George Harrison reached for the heights with “My Sweet Lord” in December. Harrison created an amazing one-size-fits-all example of maximalist pop perfection by combining the Hare Krishna mantra, the Christian hymn “Oh Happy Day,” some impeccably bluesy slide guitar, Phil Spector’s wall of sound, and the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” (at least according to a United States District Court).

2. Derek and the Dominoes, “Layla” (1970)

Derek And The Dominos - Layla

Eric Clapton, the guitar hero who jumped from supergroup to supergroup for most of the 1960s, ushered in a new decade by rediscovering the blues and forming a tight, furious band to match his dedication. Clapton’s unfulfilled love for Patti Boyd (the wife of his friend George Harrison) generated his most impassioned performance to date. One of the Best Songs From The 70s Of All Time.

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1. Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)

Led Zeppelin -  Stairway to Heaven Live

FM radio in the 1970s praised music with enormous length, breadth, and depth – even if the listener had to be a little stoned to appreciate it. And no band had more control over the airwaves than Led Zeppelin. It is the best 70s songs of all time.

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